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New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1963.
First edition of Vonnegut’s absurdist satire of the clash between science and religion in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some professional restoration. Jacket design by Ben Feder, Inc.
“THE ONLY PEACE IS THE PEACE OF OVERWHELMING VICTORY”: LARGE THEODORE ROOSEVELT INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH; SIGNED IN THE FINAL YEAR OF HIS PRESIDENCY
Large sepia-toned photograph of Theodore Roosevelt signed by him in the last year of his Presidency. Inscribed by him, “To Augustus W. Bennet with the regards of Theodore Roosevelt Feb 26th 1909.” “Copyright 1904 By George Prince” at lower right of photo. In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 21.5 inches. An attractive piece.
London: William Heinemann, 1951.
First edition of the Graham Greene novel William Faulkner called, “one of the best, most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody’s language.” Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Charles from Graham Greene.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
"This One in me knows the universe of the many": Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Rabindranath Tagore
London: MacMillan & Company , 1925.
First edition, early printing of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning writer. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Rabindranath Tagore Feb. 26, 1932.” In very good condition with some wear to the extremities and to the side front panel. Books signed by Tagore are rare.
Signed Limited Editions Of President Eisenhowers Mandate For Change and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961
The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1963-65.
Signed limited first editions, each one of 1500 copies. Two volumes, thick octavo, pictorial endpapers, original tan cloth, original slipcases. Both are fine condition with the original acetate dust jacket, which are in fine condition. The slipcases are in fine condition. An exceptional set.
New York: Atheneum, 1968.
First edition of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Octavo, original blue cloth, with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Signed by James D. Watson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a tiny closed tear. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. A superior example.
"But the particular circumstance of dreaming is that the dreamer is bereft of power": Rare first edition of John Williams' first novel Nothing But the Night
Denver: Swallow, 1948.
Rare first edition of John Williams’ first book. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket and book design by John Williams. Scarce and desirable.
“THOSE WHO HAVE EYES ON OUR MODERN WORLD WILL TAKE THIS AS A THRILLING INTRODUCTION TO THE MEN WHO SHAPE IT FOR US”: FIRST EDITION OF LEWIS W. HINE’S ICONIC BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHY MEN AT WORK
New York: The Macmillan Co, 1932.
First edition of Hine’s only book published in his lifetime, a landmark photobook in its celebration of “the dignity of labour and… the American skyscraper” (Parr & Badger). Small quarto, original green cloth, illustrated with 51 black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Frederick A Blossom with many memories Feb. 21, 1933 Lewis W. Hine.” The recipient, Frederick Blossom worked in the Patterson, New Jersey silk mills and was the union secretary. In very good condition with some toning and wear to the extremities.
"The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people": Rare original Henry Miller watercolor painting; signed by him
Rare original watercolor painting by American writer and artist Henry Miller. The painting depicts three anthropomorphic figures, one with a horse-shaped head beneath a sky dotted with one star. Signed by the artist in the lower right corner of the image, “Henry Miller 8/63.” In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 21 inches by 18.5 inches.
“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: First American Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population; with a clipping from an original manuscript signed by him laid in
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occasions.
Washington: Printed and Published by Roger Chew Weightman, 1809.
First American edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, rebacked, red and black morocco spine labels, gilt titles. Previous owner’s inscription to front free endpaper, “An application was made to Bishop Watson to answer this book on the grounds that it discouraged benevolence. He declined, excusing himself, however unfavorably saying that he saw its object was to prove that population could not increase beyond the level of rules of self-evident truth. A much better employment would have been to discover means of resistance that might supply the increasing wants of the population.” Bishop Richard Watson served as the Bishop of Llandaff from 1782 to 1816 and published a number of political pamphlets contributing to the Revolution Controversy regarding the fundamental politics of the French Revolution. Watson corresponded with and published several counterarguments to the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Robert Malthus among others. In very good condition with some browning to the text as usual, sporadic foxing. Laid in is a clipping from an original manuscript signed by Malthus and entirely in his hand which reads in part, “If at one time such a given product would make an effectual demand for certain commodities the conditions of the supply of which are supposed to remain the same, it would immediately cease to make such effectual.” Signed by Malthus in the lower right corner. The verso features two further partial lines of text relating to supply and demand. The clipping is in near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Rare second edition of Debtor and Creditor Made Easie; one of the earliest accounting books for a general audience published in English
Debtor and Creditor Made Easie: Or, a Short Instruction for the attaining the Right Use of Accounts after the Best Method used by Merchants.
London: Printed by John Richardson for Ben. Billingsley, 1682.
Second edition of this rare accounting book; one of the earliest in published in English for a general audience. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, woodcut frontispiece portrait of the author within a rich botanical border. In very good condition. Scarce.
"'Where is God?' Said the black girl to the missionary who had converted her?": First edition of George Bernard Shaw's The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search For God; Inscribed by him and wife Charlotte to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his wife Eleanor
Constable & Company Limited: London, 1932.
First edition of George Bernard Shaw’s short story collection, including the satirical allegorical title story: The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search For God. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, designed and illustrated with engravings by John Farleigh. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt this Visiting Card after a memorable day at Government House, Manila from Charlotte F. Shaw and G. Bernard Shaw 9th February 1933.” Mr. and Mrs. George Bernard Shaw stopped at Manila on a round-the-world cruise where they were invited to lunch with Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the eldest son of Theodore Roosevelt, and his wife Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt where they enjoyed lunch and Shaw assisted in editing one of Theodore’s reports to the war department. Laid is is a small copy of a selection of pages from Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt’s 1959 autobiography ‘Day Before Yesterday’ which describes the visit in detail and also mentions the occasion upon which they received the current inscribed volume in the mail after the Shaw’s visit. In near fine condition. In the original glassine which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable with exceptional provenance.
“Time, consoler of affliction and softener of anger”: First edition in the scarce original parts of Charles Dickens' Dombey and Son
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846-48.
First edition in the scarce original parts of Dickens tale of the fortunes of the Dombey shipping firm with “delight” for “joy” on page 284. Octavo, original wrappers, with 40 etchings by Halbot Knight Brown, containing all advertisements as issued. In very good condition. Housed in a custom full morocco and chemise pull-off case. Scarce and desirable.
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it": First Edition of Amelia Earhart's The Fun of It; Signed by Her
New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932.
First edition of Earhart’s account of her childhood, her fascination with aviation, and her life through her 1932 flight across the Atlantic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by Amelia Earhart on the front free endpaper. With the rare original silvertone phonograph recording of her internationally broadcast speech given the day she completed her solo transatlantic flight. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are uncommon signed.
Buffalo, NY: CEPA Gallery, 1980.
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In fine condition.
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine with some rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“In memory, everything seems to happen to music": First Edition of the play that launched Tennessee Williams' career The Glass Menagerie; Signed by Him
New York: Random House, 1945.
First edition of the play that catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tennessee Williams on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
"People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it": First Edition of Stephen Kings First Book Carrie; Signed by Him
New York: Doubleday, 1974.
First edition stated on copyright page and “P6” in the gutter of page 199 of King’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Stephen King on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Alex Gotfryd. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: The John Day Company, 1934.
First edition of this work, written by President Roosevelt while in his first term. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To S.D Green ’04 from his classmate Franklin D. Roosevelt.” The recipient S.D. Greene was classmate of Roosevelt’s at Harvard University and part of the graduating class of 1904. Roosevelt began his studies at Harvard University in September of 1900 where he devoted much of his efforts to his social life and found notable success at the university newspaper of which he soon became editor-in-chief. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“Contemplated as one grand whole, astronomy is the most beautiful monument of the human mind; the noblest record of its intelligence": First edition of Comet; Signed by Both Carl Sagan And Ann Druyan
New York: Random House, 1985.
First edition of this work which describes the scientific nature of comets, as well as their varying roles and perceptions throughout history. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. The dedication copy of this work. Inscribed on the dedication page by both Sagan and Anne Druyan, “4 November 1985 And we men it! With our love to you and Kel Annie + Carl.” The recipient was Shirley Arden, who was the executive secretary to Sagan and close friends of the authors. The dedication page reads, “To Shirley Arden, for more than a decade of friendship and hard work well done. With our love and admiration.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by John Lomberg; design by Robert Aulicino.
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page and with 12 girls instead of 11 in the “They went home and broke their bread” illustration. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example of a book that is prone to wear.
"If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present; he must begin with the past": First Edition of From Slavery to Freedom; Signed by John Hope Franklin
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.
First edition of this “landmark in the interpretation of American civilization” (Robert W. Fogel), which has went on to sell over three million copies. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by John Hope Franklin on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. First editions are uncommon, especially signed.
“Some men seem to know exactly where their opportunities lie; they break prisons and cross whole Siberias to pursue them. One room holds me": First Edition of the Saul Bellows First Book Dangling Man; Signed by Him
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1944.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first book. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Matthew and Adrienne greetings and blessings (on your wedding) Saul Bellow.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing to the crown and foot of the spine.
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes": First Edition, First Issue of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles
London: George Newnes, 1902.
First edition, first issue of the third Sherlock Holmes novel, and widely considered as the best of the series. Octavo, original black and gilt stamped pictorial red cloth. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. In excellent condition with some rubbing and wear.
“THE EXPLANATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS WHICH MATHEMATICS ACCEPTS AS INDEFINABLE”: Rare First Edition of Bertrand Russell's The Principles of Mathematics
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903.
First edition of this foundational work of mathematics, the first in English on the subject. Octavo, original blue cloth, titles to the spine in gilt. In near fine condition, with light rubbing. From the library of philosopher and historian of mathematics Dietrich Mahnke dated June 1939 on front pastedown, noting that the marginalia are those of the previous owner, Professor Friedrich Kunke. Rare and desirable with noted provenance.
“YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: ONCE WHEN YOU ARE BORN AND ONCE WHEN YOU LOOK DEATH IN THE FACE”: COMPLETE SET OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; WITH GOLDFINGER SIGNED BY SEAN CONNERY
Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels (In Facsimile): Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (short stories including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.
Shelton, CT: First Edition Library, 1981-93.
First facsimile edition, reproducing the original design and dust jacket artwork of all the James Bond first editions. Octavo, 14 volumes, original cloth. Goldfinger is signed by actor Sean Connery, who played 007 in the film bearing the same name. Each are brand new in the original slipcases.
"If You Only Read The Books That Everyone Else Is Reading, You Can Only Think What Everyone Else Is Thinking": First Editions in English Of Haruki Murakamis Norwegian Wood; Both Volumes Signed By Him
Tokyo: Kodansha, 1989.
First editions in English of the author’s most well-known work. Small octavos, original wrappers as issued. Both volumes are fine in fine dust jackets. Both volumes are signed by Murakami, volume one is signed in both English and Japanese and volume 2 in Japanese. Laid in is the original bookmark in volume one. Translated from the Japanese by Alfred Birnbaum.
"Unexpected Intrusions Of Beauty. This Is What Life Is": First Edition Of The Authors Masterpiece; Inscribed To Fellow Professor And Founder Of The University Of Chicagos Committee On Social Thought
New York: The Viking Press, 1964.
First edition of the author’s second of three National Book Award winning novels, which was and remains an unprecedented literary accomplishment. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to John Nef and his wife, “To John Nef and Mrs. Nef with very good wishes Saul Bellow.” The recipient, John Nef was a economic historian and founder of The University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, where Bellow was a faculty member for over 30 years. Fine in a bright fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mel Williamson. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An outstanding association.
“Love! Love until the night collapses!: First Edition in English of The Heights of Macchu Picchu; Signed by Pablo Neruda
London: Jonathan Cape, 1966.
First edition in English of Neruda’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Pablo Neruda on the half-title page in green ink. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Peter Barber and Nathaniel Tarn. Translated by Nathaniel Tarn. Preface by Robert Pring-Mill. Rare and desirable signed.
"Tarzan is the dream man we would most of us like to be": First Edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar; Inscribed by him
Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co, 1918.
First edition, first printing of the fifth book in Burroughs’ epic Tarzan series with with “Published, April, 1918” and W. F. Hall on the copyright page. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Stephen Gray Best All good wishes, Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzana California June 6 1939.” In 1919, Burroughs purchased a large ranch north of Los Angeles, California, which he named “Tarzana”. The citizens of the community that sprang up around the ranch voted to adopt that name when their community, Tarzana, California, was formed in 1927. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. This particular title is scarcely seen signed (Heins, T61; Zeuschner, 598).
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1965.
First edition of this major work by Popper. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Lionel, the most generously appreciative of readers from Karl June 1965.” The recipient Lionel Robbins was prominent member of the economics department at the London School of Economics and a close friend and colleague of Popper. The pair were colleagues for over twenty years, with Popper first taking up a Readership at the LSE in 1945 before being appointed Professor of Logic and Scientific Method in 1949. Their relationship was principally professional, forming a strong inter-departmental alliance, fortified by their mutual friendship with Friedrich von Hayek. In a letter to Hayek on 20th October 1964, Popper wrote: “… I should also mention that, through your closeness to Lionel Robbins, I got to know him; and he is now my stand-by in the School, outside my department. He has been very good to me, and has helped me immensely, in many difficult situations at the school” (Shearmur & Turner, pp. 249). They also had significant intellectual intersections, with Robbins playing a role in the development of two of Popper’s most important works, The Open Society and The Poverty of Historicism. For Popper, Robbins was “the uncrowned king of the LSE” (quoted in Dahrendorf, p. 422): “I loved and admired him, most of all for his moral and personal qualities – and as a teacher” (Howson, 7). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Autographed photograph of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, signed and dated February 2, 1932. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 13 inches.
“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought": First Edition of John Rawls Masterpiece A Theory of Justice
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Small numbers on the copyright page, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First Edition of Isaac M. Wise's The Combat of the People; Published by the oldest Jewish Printing House in America
Cincinnati: Bloch & Co, 1859.
First edition of American Reform Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise’s historical account of the era of Herod I. Octavo, contemporary cloth over boards, lacking the front free endpaper, library bookplate to the front pastedown, later collector’s stamps to the title page, with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. In good condition. Rare.
"Meantime, it happens to my mortification that painters are just now making a desolation of my house": Rare autograph letter written and signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Autographed letter handwritten and signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. One page, folded and written on both the front and back of the page. The letter reads, “Concord Tuesday Morning 28 June My Dear Sir, I am very happy to hear that my greeting from Miss de Quincey is on its way to me: and I am glad to know that yourself, of whom I had already heard will be the bearer. Meantime, it happens to my mortification that painters are just now making a desolation of my house. Tomorrow my plight will be no better. I think I will come & see you tomorrow afternoon, & we will consent on the best time for me to show you our Concord meadows. I will look for you at the Revere House tomorrow mid-day at 5 1/2 o’ clock in which good hope I am yours respectfully, R.W. Emerson N. Pinder, Esq.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Emerson. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 20 inches, with an opening in the back of the frame to view the verso of the letter.
“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought": First Edition of John Rawls Masterpiece A Theory of Justice
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
First edition of Rawls’ masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. An exceptional example.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.
First edition of this work by Hilary Putnam. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow philosopher Richard Rorty, “For Richard to remind you of the year of the William James Lectures with gratitude for the instruction Hilary April 20, 1982.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association linking these two giants of twentieth century philosophy.
"You're much stronger than you think you are. Trust me": First Edition of The Adventures of Superman; Inscribed by George Lowther
The Adventures of Superman. Based on the Cartoon Character Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Illustrations by Joe Shuster.
New York : Random House, 1942.
First edition of the first Superman novel. Octavo, original cloth. With frontispiece, illustrated title page, nine full-page illustrations (four in color) and numerous illustrations. Inscribed by George Lowther on the front free endpaper. Illustrated by Joe Shuster. Foreword by Josette Frank. Repair to the hinges, very good in a good dust jacket with some wear and chips. Rare signed and inscribed.
London: Heinemann, 1961.
First edition of this Greene novel set in a leproserie on the upper reaches of a tributary of the Congo River in Africa. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Anthony Hobson from Graham Greene.” The recipient Anthony Hobson, auctioneer and book collector, was a director at Sotheby’s and friend of Greene’s. He successfully organized the sale of the Greene’s manuscripts at Sotheby’s in 1964. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by Lacey Everett.
New York : McClure, Phillips & Co, 1904.
First edition of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ground breaking work and what she considered “her greatest work” (New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To a friend of mine and of progress, Alva Adams, with good will of the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1905.” The recipient Alva Adams served three terms as Governor of Colorado where he made significant progress for the labor movement and human rights by establishing the Bureau of Labor Statistics which forbade child labor, and passing a bill that ended public executions in Colorado. In very good condition. An exceptional association copy.